April 2020 District 3 Newsletter

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Placer County District 3 Newsletter

April 2020


Resources and support for small businesses, workers and employees impacted by COVID-19.

I want to take this opportunity to raise awareness about emergency business resources now available to assist business owners and employees in Placer County during this critical time.

My heart goes out to everyone impacted by COVID-19, including business owners and their employees. I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to close a business or lose a job due to no fault of your own.

Having owned a small business in Placer County I have deep understanding and empathy for small business owners. I have heard from many small business owners who say they are struggling to stay open, pay their employees or make sense of what the future holds.

Placer County is committed to helping our small business community through this crisis. Resources are now available, and people are standing by, ready to help.

Our Placer Business Resource Center is an excellent starting point for support. While our BRC building in Rocklin is closed in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, BRC staff are available to support business interests and continue to support our community via phone.

Visit BRC’s COVID-19 Emergency Business Resources webpage for business, employer and employee resources at https://www.placer.ca.gov/businessresources or connect with a BRC team member at 916-770-8380.

The Emergency Business Resource web page also includes links to our Placer County Business Advantage Network and partners; which includes the Northern California Small Business Development Center, and the Sierra Small Business Development Center.

I strongly encourage businesses to take advantage of the free services available through the Sierra Small Business Development Center and U.S. Small Business Administration.

SBDC offers one-on-one appointments with business advisors, industry experts who can provide no-cost professional business advising in marketing, finance, accessing capital and more. These advisors can help business owners navigate U.S. Small Business Administration loan applications, help with financials, cash flow issues and more.

These advisors have a stake in our community because they are our community members, too. While face-to-face meetings with advisors are unavailable due to social distancing practices, advisors are available for phone appointments, so clients can receive help from the comfort of their own home or business.

SBDC also offers no-cost webinars featuring a wide-array of business-related topics, capital access and specialty programs.

Additionally, the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus.

Eligibility for economic injury disaster loans is based on the financial impact of the coronavirus.

I urge those who are worried about being laid off or looking for new employment to connect with our Placer County Business Advantage Network. BAN is a team of workforce development professionals that provide no-cost hiring assistance to businesses and information regarding training and hiring opportunities to job seekers.

I would also like to take this opportunity to implore community members to do their part to support our local business, while adhering to social distancing guidelines of maintaining six feet of distance between non-family members. Consider take-out from your neighborhood restaurant, tip generously or patronize your local farmers market.

I do have a favor to ask. Help spread the word about our Business Resource Center and share this article with your friends or family members who are business owners.

We are all in this together.

Warm Regards,

Supervisor Jim Holmes

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The Placer County Board of Supervisors today passed a resolution voicing support for the 2020 Census, urging residents to participate and be counted this spring. Learn more

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One thing I want to remind you of is to encourage every citizen in the county to sign up for PlacerAlert. This is a state-of-the-art community notification system to alert residents about emergency events and other important public safety information. This system enables us to call, text or email critical information to you quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods and yes wildfire evacuations. Please help us to help you and sign up for this emergency notification system. My hope is that this year’s wildfire season will come and go without incident, but for that to happen we must be united in our prevention efforts.

Placer County Board of Supervisors

Learn more about the Board of Supervisors, including information on upcoming Board of Supervisors meetings.

Learn more about Supervisor Jim Holmes. 

District 3 Municipal Advisory Councils (MACs)

There will be no MAC meetings in April. MAC meetings will not be held until social distancing orders implemented as a result of COVID0-19 have been lifted.

Please check our online MAC meeting calendar or contact the Board of Supervisors Office at (530)889-4010 for information on future meetings.


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